Edith Laughton Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,144 2nd £630 3rd £315 4th £157
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 35.00s
- Off time: 14:55:42
|1st||3 Blackwell Synergy||15/8j|
|3rd||4 Princely Hero||7||7/1|
Presented (IRE) 33
|6||166 11-12||G McPherson||Killian Moore (5)||100||15/8j|
Gidam Gidam (IRE) 17
|11||165 11-11 b||Mrs H Kemp||Miss C V Hart (7)||99||20/1|
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 15
|7||164 11-10 h||Jonjo O'Neill||D C Costello||98||15/8j|
Princely Hero (IRE) 7
|9||158 11-4 b||C Gordon||Tom Cannon (3)||92||7/1|
Bennys Well (IRE) 37
|7||150 10-10 bt||B G Powell||Brendan Powell (3)||84||8/1|
|9||143 10-3 t||D Shaw||O Garner (7)||77||10/1|
De Waiting Game (IRE) 23
|7||140 10-0 bt||T R Gretton||J M Davies||58||20/1|
Celts Espere 15
|10||140 10-0||C N Kellett||Trevor Whelan (5)||50||100/1|
||7||10-10||A King||Charlie Huxley||9/2|
PRINCELY HERO is moderate in the extreme but jumps and stays so in the context of this event he will take some beating. Blackwell Synergy has shown nothing since arriving from Ireland where he won twice but don't be surprised by a return to form in this poor contest. Thorncliffer won a novices' handicap at Wetherby in December but has run poorly since but the once useful staying handicapper Gidam Gidam has dropped to such a lowly mark that he should be considered. Presented has a bit more scope than these rivals and has been racing in better company.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, not fluent 9th, struggling 11th, never on terms, 6th of 10, 27l behind Great's Autrechene (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Thorncliffer 14-1 (9-7) Held up on outside, headway 4th, lost place after 8th, clsoed 10th, mistake next, soon outpaced, left 3rd after 3 out, no impression, weakened last, 3rd of 8, 28l behind Franklin Roosevelt (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Princely Hero (IRE) 11-2 (10-6) Chased leaders, blundered 3rd, lost place and dropped to last trio 7th, rallied to chase leaders again 9th, led 13th, joined 4 out, soon headed, chased winner until 3 out, rallied to modest 2nd after last, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Wild Ground (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Gidam Gidam (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Led until headed 11th, chased leader until just before 4 out, soon driven along, weakened to 4th when left modest 3rd 3 out, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Radetsky March (11-13) at Fontwell 3m 2f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Presented (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Held up in mid-division, in rear when mistake 8th, jumped right next, hit 14th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Alderluck (11-5) at Bangor 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb, 15 ran.
Bennys Well (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Chased leaders in 4th, weakened before 4 out, 9th of 15, 26l behind Be My Deputy (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.
De Waiting Game (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Led, not fluent 5th, headed 15th, not fluent and pecked next, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Franklin Roosevelt (11-10) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Celts Espere 100-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, mistake 3rd, jumped left next, some headway 8th, ridden next, struggling 11th, tailed off, 8th of 10, 47l behind Great's Autrechene (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.